It sounds weird to say that Summer Games Fest is effectively over, but … it is. I mean, sure — the actual end date is June 22, but aside from the Multiversus Pro Player Showcase, and unless we get a Nintendo Direct, there are no more events. In this writer’s humble opinion, it’s been a subdued Summer Games Fest.
Summer Games Fest is Geoff Keighley’s somewhat successful attempt at being promoted from Dorito Pope to the illustrious position of Pog Pontifex. It’s effectively taken the place of E3 this year since the latter canceled all online and in-person events.
I say it’s been a subdued event, but that doesn’t mean there wasn’t anything I am excited for. Here are five of the most hype moments from Summer Games Fest.
5. Cybermeow 2077
I remember first learning about Stray. I admit, the concept of playing as a cat in a dystopian, cyberpunk world was immediately intriguing. But then, my brain decided to focus on other things and the game left my line of sight. So, you can imagine my sheer delight upon learning that Stray is almost here!
4. Wait … was there a Goat Simulator 2?!
I hate to confess that I wasn’t paying the most attention during the main Summer Games Fest livestream. I had it open on one monitor whilst I worked on other things, so it was in my periphery. That said, when I noticed a trailer that eerily resembled the infamous Dead Island 2 trailer, I asked a question:
Was there a Goat Simulator 2?
No. It turns out, Coffee Stain Studios decided to openly mock the lengthy development of Dead Island 2 by not only recreating its iconic trailer, but also by skipping the second entry entirely. As someone who had a lot of fun with the incredulity of Goat Simulator, I can’t wait for Goat Simulator 3.
Related: When Does Goat Simulator 3 Come Out?
3. Persona is Coming to Xbox?!
There has never been a better time to be an Xbox Game Pass subscriber. I may have my own issues with them deciding to add Persona 3: Portable instead of Persona 3: FES, but the fact that this time next year I will be able to play not only Persona 3: Portable, but also Persona 4: Golden and Persona 5: Royal is great!
2. Monkey D’Luffy
Geoff Keighley called the protagonist of One Piece “Monkey D’Luffy.” That’s it. That’s the tweet.
Oh — and One Piece: Odyssey looks like it might be fun.
1. Devolver Digital Does What Ninten-Don’t
It blows my mind that I have been following the exploits of the bizarro-world games publisher Devolver Digital since 2017. Each year, I have low-key been more excited for whatever nightmarish scenario they’ve concocted than many of the other events. I may not be able to remember most of the trailers presented, but I had the most fun watching Nina Struthers and Goichi Suda fend off the video game singularity. Now, if only they could release an update for Devolverland Expo with new games, then we’d be in business.